Friday, July 15, 2011

Two Meals in One: Kickin' Chicken Chili and Kickin' Chicken Taco Salad


I love when you can use the leftovers from one meal to make something different. This recipe does exactly that!

Note: The base recipe makes enough for 4 servings, plus reserves

Base Recipe: Kickin' Chicken Chili
What's Needed:
2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
1 T. olive oil
1 16-oz. package frozen sweet pepper and onion (or substitute 2 C. each chopped sweet pepper and onion)
1 16-oz. jar of salsa--your preference (For extra spicey, try green salsa)
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with onion and garlic, undrained
Optional: Sour cream, shredded cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cumin, and salt. Toss gently to coat.

2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, half at a time, in hot oil until light brown. Drain off fat.

3. Combine chicken, frozen vegetables, salsa, drained beans, and tomato in crockpot.

4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or on HIGH for 2-2.5 hours. Reserve 3 C. of chili. Place the reserves in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

5. Serve the remaining chili, topped with sour cream and cheese. Serve with cornbread.

PointsPlus: 7 (for 1/4 of the recipe, minus the 3 C. reserved)
Husband's Grade: A

Left-Overs Recipe: Kickin' Chicken Taco Salad
What's Needed:
Reserved Kickin' Chicken Chili
6 C. torn romaine lettuce
1 C. grape or cherry tomoatoes, halved
1/2 C. choppped red onion
1.5 C. Tortilla strips (Southwest flavor or Lightly Salted)

Optional: 1/2 C. Sour Cream; 1/4 C. chopped cilantro or parsley

1. Heat reserved chili until hot, stirring occasionally.

2. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion.

3. Add heated chili; toss to combine.

4. Divide lettuce mixture among large salad bowls. Sprinkle with tortilla strips.

PointsPlus: 7 (for 1/4 of the recipe)
Husband's Grade: A

Inspired by: The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book

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